Challenger Point Climber's Log

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MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 7:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1994

Challenger  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Challenger. I approached from Willow Creek Trailhead. I did not get Kit Carson this trip but I did hike down to the saddle to reconnoiter the route for next time.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 7:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 1993

South Colony  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Kit Carson. I approached from South Colony Lakes and got point 13799 and Kat Carson 13890 (now called Columbia). I did not get Challenger on this trip.


mtnhiker13 - Sep 5, 2007 12:39 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

via Challenger  Sucess!

Third attempt on this mountain - finally made it. Weather looked threatening but held off until we were way off the mountain. What a great route on a great mountain - we climbed up the west couloir which was very solid and enjoyable climbing. Didn't get to enjoy the summit very long as the clouds were circling around us!


dr_gonz - Sep 4, 2007 4:29 pm

beautiful  Sucess!

did this with challenger and humbolt from s. colony lakes. amazing rock and amazing views.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 3, 2007 8:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

South Colony Lakes  Sucess!

A long day from South Colony Lakes. Climbed with Kent from Grand Junction who I met at the Bear's Playground.


altitude14er - Aug 19, 2007 3:25 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

Route Climbed: North Slopes from Willow Lake  Sucess!

Climbed this peak and then did the traverse climb to Kit Carson. The "Avenue" was alot of fun and made for an interesting route. Climbed w/Mark,Dave&Debbie! Saw Bighorn Sheep near lake on descent..

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Aug 18, 2007 11:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Amazing day  Sucess!

Climbed the two 14ers with Kris from Willow Creek. Great day and hike. It was great to get back to the Sangre de Cristo Range after spending two weeks there in April-May. Great views all around. Napped by the lake on the way out.


shanahan96 - Aug 12, 2007 1:38 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

north face  Sucess!

went back for challenger 1.5 years after knocking off kit carson in winter 2006. the north face was a steep slog, yet the hike went by fast. added the prow, kit carson and columbia point to the hike.



shanrickv - Aug 9, 2007 8:49 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

Beautiful Climb!  Sucess!

Absolutely beautiful area to climb and hike in. I love the Sangres, especially Willow Lake. Alan, you can bring the salmon next time!


K_G_Wright - Aug 6, 2007 4:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

Willow Lake  Sucess!

Started from just above Willow Lake at 0510. Ascended Challenger Pt. by 0745 and Kit Carson by 0845. Was back at the car by 1610. Absolutely beautiful peaks, route, and people. The lake and waterfalls were postcards. Wonderful company on the way down.


cftbq - Jul 30, 2007 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

via Challenger  Sucess!

Standard peakbaggers' route over Challenger Pt. and Kit Carson Avenue. A cloudy day, but the rain held off, and a satisfying climb. Fourteener #31 for me.


chicagotransplant - Jul 30, 2007 9:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

second time  Sucess!

Second time up Challenger on the way to Columbia Point. Also tagged the top of "The Prow" and "Kitty Kat Carson". Kind of a weird combination... all of Kit Carson's "sub peaks" but not Kit.


bigwilly - Jul 26, 2007 1:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2007

Super Sangres  Sucess!

Great climbing on two incredible peaks. Anymore fun and it would be illegal. Spectacular scenery.


smason505 - Jul 22, 2007 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

2 Summits in 13 hrs  Sucess!

Climbed Challenger and Kit Carson w/ Adam and Prakash from the Willow Lake trailhead in one long day. ~ 12 miles, 6300 vert, 13 hrs total, first people on both summits. Got to the car right as a huge rainstorm rolled in.


HokieJim - Jul 17, 2007 1:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Epic Hail Storm...  Sucess!

With ktiffany22: heinous hail storm on the hike out from Willow Lake, just glad we weren't in that higher on the mountain!


ktiffany22 - Jul 10, 2007 2:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

A day of ups and downs  Sucess!

An amazingly beautiful and exciting hike to the summit of Kit Carson and Challenger Point, followed by an extremely tiring descent down loose "garbage" on Challenger's steep slope and slippery trail below. Decided to pack out early, and paid the price... 2 hrs 15 minutes of rain, 30 minutes of which was dime to nickel sized hail... ouch, cold, wet, lucky. That sums it up. Happy 7/7/7!


markhyams - Jun 12, 2007 12:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2007

N Ridge of Challenger  Sucess!

Climbed the North Ridge variation to the North Slopes route. We stayed all the way to the right of the north face, and then traversed the north ridge to the summit, encountering some fourth class terrain en route.


mountainloverCO - May 25, 2007 1:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006

Only Challenger  Sucess!

Beautiful approach to Willow Lake. After reaching Willow Lake, the hike became much stiffer and steeper as we had to slog up loose talus/scree on the North slopes of Challenger. Only summited Challenger due to building clouds in the Sangre region. Kit Carson will have to wait for another day.


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 1989

Tough  Sucess!

From South Colony Lakes. Lots of scrambling. Initially I missed the last broad couloir leading to the summit and ended up on Challenger Point- a bit embarrassed about that. On the way back, I tried to take a shortcut down to the South Colony Lakes from the Bears Playgound and had an uncontrolled slide down a snow filled gully- ice axe probably saved me from a severe injury.


Mots010 - Dec 10, 2006 12:24 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Challenger  Sucess!

Camped at willow lake, then took the standard route up around the backside ridge at the top. I highly recommend NOT taking the gully route. Its a shooting gallery of falling rocks, especially on a busy day. Definitely bring a helmet. Didnt summit Kit Karson as my friend was scared from the exposure on the traverse of the ridge to Kit Karson summit. Maybe next time!

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